Vadal Alexander’s NFL dream is now a reality.
The former LSU offensive lineman was selected at pick No. 234 by the Oakland Raiders in the seventh round of the 2016 NFL Draft on Saturday.
The 6-foot-6, 329-pounder was a four-year starter with the Tigers, seeing time at both guard and tackle.
In 50 games and 46 career starts, Alexander saw almost even playing time at left guard and at right tackle, where he finished off his college career. During his senior campaign in 2015, Alexander earned second-team All-American honors from multiple outlets.
Alexander is coming off a memorable college career in Baton Rouge, La., where he was one of four season-long captains in his senior season. Making it to the NFL fulfills a lifelong path he has been on since he was 7 years old, when his father began to put him through three-hour workouts five times a week up until he graduated from high school.
Those workouts as a kid didn’t exactly translate to the NFL Scouting Combine in February, though.
Alexander clocked at a 5.57-second 40-yard dash time and posted 25 reps of the bench press at the combine. Pro scouts were not pleased with Alexander’s 40 time and agility — or lack thereof — he displayed during position drills, which played a role in dropping the lineman’s draft stock.
It also gave scouts an inclination that Alexander may best be suited for offensive guard at the next level.
At LSU’s Pro Day, Alexander opted not to run the 40 or bench press. Instead, he participated in position drills, where he showed off improved stamina to impress the scouts that were in attendance.
NFL teams have told Alexander that he’s still being viewed as both a guard and a tackle, and could wind up at upwards of four positions along the offensive line.